Safety and staffing concerns raised at Leeds care home

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a care home in Leeds has been ordered to make improvements to its staffing and safety measures.
CQC inspectors visiting St Lukes Care Home, which is owned by Eldercare Limited, raised concerns about the number of people on duty at certain times. There were also worries following the January inspection that the staff who were working did not have the capacity or the care training levels to be able to meet the needs of residents.
There were also problems with safety uncovered at St Lukes, as inspectors noted wheelchairs partially obstructing fire exits and security door alarms which had been disabled.
The CQC has now asked Eldercare Limited, which has 16 homes around the UK, to outline how it will make the required improvements and bring the home up to standard. In the report, the watchdog said:

“We have asked the provider to send us a report by April 10 setting out the action they will take to meet the standards. We will check to make sure this action is taken.
“Where we have identified a breach of a regulation during inspection, which is more serious, we will make sure action is taken.”